Ruthvens Kingsnake

Ruthvens Kingsnake at Wingham Wildlife Park, Kent

Ruthvens King Snake Natural History


These snakes can reach a length of 36 inches (91 cm) as adults.

Habitat and Distribution

They inhabit the wooded, rocky uplands of Jalisco, Michocan and Queretero in Mexico.


This species can live for up to 20 years in captivity.


In the wild ruthvens kingsnakes feed on birds, frogs, lizards and small mammals such us mice and rats.

Groups and Breeding

Roughly 45-60 days after mating with a male, the female will shed. 6 to 10 days later she will lay up to 24 eggs in a secluded place and leave them to incubate on their own. These eggs should hatch 55-75 days later.


This species is listed as near threatened by the IUCN and is decreasing due to being heavily collected for the pet trade and threatened by deforestation.

Interesting facts

They are named after Alexander Grant Ruthven (1882-1971), an American herpetologist.

The Ruthvens King Snake During Your Day Out in Kent

The Ruthvens kingsnake at Wingham Wildlife Park is on display in the reptile house. This area is home to a number of other snakes including red blood python, reticulated pythons and Texas rat snake as well as many other reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.